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Prom 29: Stravinsky, Messiaen & Ravel

Friday 7 August 2015 - 6:30 PM

Nicholas Collon © Benjamin Ealovega

Approximate end time: 8:50pm

Presented by:

Mozart
Idomeneo – ballet music 24'

Ravel
Piano Concerto in G major 23'

interval

Ravel, arr. C. Matthews
Miroirs – Oiseaux tristes 4'
BBC commission: world premiere

Messiaen, orch. C. Dingle
Un oiseau des arbres de Vie (Oiseau tui) c4'
world premiere

Stravinsky
Symphony in Three Movements 22'

Ravel
La valse 11'

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet piano

BBC Philharmonic
Nicholas Collon
conductor

Mozart's Idomeneo owes its ballet sequence to the influence of French opera, and it launches a programme featuring two Frenchmen who idolised Mozart: Ravel and Messiaen.

Ravel's Piano Concerto in G adds a jazzy colouring to its Classical influences, while Oiseaux tristes and La valse contrast the doleful calls of lost forest birds with a dark, swirling portrait of the disintegration of Vienna.

The world premiere of a recently rediscovered work by Messiaen – originally intended for the composer's Éclairs sur l’au-delà – brings more birdsong (that of the tui from New Zealand), while Stravinsky's urbane neo-Classical Symphony combines piquancy and elegance.

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